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gerous and powerful Man than ever England yet has seen, cost the most Able Ministry that ever any Prince was honoured with, its Being. The Judgment of the House of Lords was by this means insulted and evaded, and the Anarchical Fury ran so high, that Harry Sacbeverel swelling, and Jack Huggins laughing, marched through England, in a Triumph more than Military. Many extraordinary Things which have happened since, have been brought about upon a Maxim no deeper than Tax Bella potior, Peace is better than War. A great many Lyes grafted upon this unquestionable Truth, could not but produce Wonders among all who pay Taxes. But Arithmetick is so common an Art, that the very common People, now their Passions are sallen, fee their Cafe in one Sheet of Paper call'd A View of the Taxes, Funds and public k Revenues of England; Printed for Tim. Child at the White Hart at the West End of St. Pauls.
As for my self, what I have here suggested is from a very honest Heart, and 1 have an Armour in my Integrity against all Gainsayers. My Comfort is, that the Laws of England are still in Force, and tho' what I have (a d tmy be Unacceptable, I am sure it is not Illegal. While the Laws are in Being I am fife, and no Man can be safe who out-lives them; may I, whenever they expire, die with them.
I wish you the long Possession of the Honour in which your generous Behaviour has placed you in the Minds of all true Englishmen; and am, with great Respect,
Tour most Obedient Servant,
March j, 1713. Francis Hicks,
August the 7th, 1713.
Delenda est Carthaga , i
IT is usually thought, with great Justice', a very impertinent thing in a private Man to intermeddle in Matters which regard the State. But the Memorial which is mentioned in the following Letter is so daring, and so apparently designed for the most Traiterous Purpose imaginable, that 1 do not care what Misinterpretation I suffer, when I expose it to the Resentment of all Men who value their Country, or have any Regard to the Honour, Safety, or Glory of their Queen. It is certain there is not much Danger in delaying the Demolition of Dunkirk during the Life of his present most Christian Majesty, who is renowned for the most inviolable Regard to Treaties; but that Pious Prince is aged, and in case of his Decease, now the Power of France and Spain is in the same Family, it is possible an Ambitious Successor, (or his Ministry in a King's Minority) might dispute his being bound by the Act of his Predecessor in so weighty a Particular.
Mr. Ironside, (VOU employ your important Moments, methinks, a little too frivolously, when
* you consider so often little Circumstances of
* Dress and Behaviour, and never make men
* tion of Matters .wherein you and all your
* Fellow-Subjects in general are concerned. « I give you now an Opportunity; not only of 'manifesting your Loyalty to yourQueen, but
* your Affection to your Country, if you treat « an Insolence done to them both with the Dis« dain it deserves. The enclosed Printed Pa
* per in French and English has been handed a
* bout the Town, and given gratis to Passengers 'in the Streets at Noon-Day. You fee the « Title of it is, A most humble Address or Me'mortal, presented to her Majesty the Queen of
* Great Britain, by the Deputy of the Magi'strates of Dunkirk. The nauseous Memoria« list, with the most fulsome Flattery, tells the
* Queen of her Thunder, and of Wisdom and
* Clemency adored by all the Earth, at the same 'time that he attempts to undermine her Power, 'and escape her Wisdom, by beseeching her to
* do an Act which would give a well-grounded
* Jealousie to her People. What the Sycophant
* desires is, that the Mole and Dikes of Dun
* kirk may be spared; and, it seems, the Sieur
* Tugghe, for so the Petitioner is called, was
* Thunder-struck by the Denunciation (which 'he fays) the Lord Viscount Bolinbroke made
* to him, That her Majesty did not think to 'make any Alteration in the dreadful Sentence
ihe had pronounced against the Town. Mr. 4 Ironside, I think you would do an Act
* worthy your general Humanity, if you would
* put the Sieur Tttgghe right in this Matter, and
* let him know, That her Majesty has pro
* nounced no Sentence against the Town, but
* his most Christian Majesty has agreed that the
* Town and Harbour shall be Demolished.
* That the British Nation expect the imme
* diate Demolition of it.
* That the very CommonPeopleknow, that
* within two Months after the signing of the
* Peace, the Works towards the Sea were to 4 be demolished, and within three Months after
* it the Works towards the Land.
4 That the said Peace was signed the last of 1 March, O. S.
* That the Parliament has been told from the 'Queen, that the Equivalent for it is in the
* Hands of the French King.
4 That the Sieur Tuggbe has the Impudence
* to ask the Queen to remit the most material
* Part of the Articles of Peace between Her
* Majesty and his Master. n
* That the British Nation received more Da
* mage in their Trade from the Port of Dtta
* kirk, than from almost all the Ports of France,
* either in the Ocean or in the Mediterra
4 That Fleets of above thirty Sail have come
* together out of Dunkirk during the late War, 4 and taken Ships of War, as well as Merchant
* That the Pretender sailed from thence to 4 Scotland; and that it is the only Port the < Fremb have till you come to Brest, for the I* , • • whole * whole Length of St. Georges. Channel, where 4 any considerable Naval Armament can be
* made. / ... . 4 That destroying the Fortifications of Dun
4 kirk is an inconsiderable Advantage to Eng4 land, in Comparison to the Advantage of de4 stroying the Mole, Dykes and Harbour, it be*
* ing the Naval Force from thence which on*
* ly can hart the Britijh Nation.
4 That the Britijh Nation expect the imme£
* diate Demolition of Dunkirk.
4 That the Dutch, who suffered equally 4 with us from those of Dunkirk, were proba» 4 bly induced to Sign the Treaty with France 4 from this Consideration,That the Town and
* Harbour of Dunkirk should be destroyed. ,
4 That the Situation of Dunkirk is such* at 4 that it may always keep Runners to observe
* all Ships failing on the Thames and Medvxay*
* That all the Suggestions, which the Sjeur
* Tugghe brings concerning- the Dutch, are false 4 and scandalous. . . . -,;»e <•.♦
* That whether it may be advantagious t©
* the Trade of Holland or not, that Dunkirk
* should be demolish'd. it is necessary for the 4 Safety, Honour and Liberty of England that 4 it should be so.
1. * That when Dunkirk is demolished, the
* Power of Fi ance, on that side, should ite> 4 ver be turned against us, will be removed
* several hundred Miles further off of Great 4 Britain than it is at present.
4 That after the Demolition there can be no 4 considerable Preparation made at Sea by the 4 French in all the Channel but at Brest; and 4 that Great Britain being an Island, which